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U president presents to Utah lawmakers

On Jan. 25, University of Utah President Taylor Randall updated state lawmakers on the school’s recent successes and plans for the future.

“We have set an ambitious goal and it is important: Our goal is to become a top 10 public university with unsurpassed societal impact,” Randall told the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

During his presentation, Randall identified the three goals that drive the U’s overall aspiration: growing the student body to 40,000, increasing research funding to $1 billion annually and positively impacting the lives of all 3.4 million Utahns.

As part of the effort to reach those goals, university leaders are making multiple appropriation requests of the legislature, including funding to support compensation increases for faculty and staff and the construction of a new, $180 million computer science building on campus.

Those requests follow Gov. Spencer Cox’s decision to freeze tuition increases at all Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) schools. USHE leaders are working with state lawmakers and the governor to determine how to fund higher education priorities.

“We are committed to solving problems of this state and helping you all in all you are trying to achieve,” Randall said. Watch Randall’s entire presentation here.